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Starlog was a monthly science-fiction film magazine published by Starlog Group Inc. The magazine was created by publishers Kerry O'Quinn and Norman Jacobs. O'Quinn was the magazine's editor while Jacobs ran the business side of things, dealing with typesetters, engravers and printers. They got their start in publishing creating a soap opera magazine. In the mid-1970s, O'Quinn and high school friend David Houston talked about creating a magazine that would cover science fiction films and television programs.

O'Quinn came up the idea of publishing a one-time only magazine on the Star Trek phenomenon. Houston's editorial assistant Kirsten Russell suggested that they include an episode guide to all three seasons of the show, interviews with the cast and previously unpublished photographs. During this brainstorming session many questions were raised, most notably legal issues. Houston contacted Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry with the intention of interviewing him for the magazine. Once they got his approval, O'Quinn and Jacobs proceeded to put together the magazine but Paramount Studios, who owned Star Trek, wanted a minimum royalty that was greater than their projected net receipts and the project was shelved. O'Quinn realized that they could create a magazine that only featured Star Trek content but without it being the focus and therefore getting around the royalties issue. He also realized that this could be the science fiction magazine he and Houston had talked about. Many titles for it were suggested, including Fantastic Films and Starflight before Starlog was chosen. (Fantastic Films was later used as the title of a competing science fiction magazine published by Blake Publishing.)

To keep costs down, Starlog was initially a quarterly magazine with the first issue being published on August 1976. The issue sold out and this encouraged O'Quinn and Jacobs to publish a magazine every six weeks instead of quarterly. O'Quinn was the magazine's first editor with Houston taking over for a year and then replaced by Howard Zimmerman when Houston was promoted to the "Hollywood Bureau." Zimmerman was eventually succeeded by David McDonnell.

One of the magazine's milestones was its 100th issue, published on November 1985 and featured who they thought were the 100 most important people in science fiction. This included exclusive interviews with John Carpenter, Peter Cushing, George Lucas, Leonard Nimoy, and Gene Roddenberry. The magazine's 200th issue repeated the format of the 100th issue but this time interviewed such notable artists as Arthur C. Clarke, Tim Burton, William Gibson, Gale Anne Hurd, and Terry Gilliam. Starlog was one of the first publications to report on the development of the first Star Wars movie, and it also followed the development of what was to eventually become Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The magazine was devoted to science fiction films, television series, and books. Many fans of this long-running magazine considered its heyday to have been the 1980s with very little substance to the content in later years and many of its long-time contributors having since moved on. But it continued to boast some top-flight genre journalists, including film historians Will Murray, Jean-Marc Lofficier and Tom Weaver. It was one of the longest-running and most popular publications of its type.

It published its 30th Anniversary issue in 2006. On Wednesday, December 5, 2007 at approximately 11 a.m. a warehouse, operated by Kable News, in Oregon, Illinois containing back issues of Starlog and Fangoria burned to the ground.

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Starlog Magazine Issue 001 Premiere Issue Welcome to Starlog! Log Entries : The Shape of Things to Come The Bionic Woman : Creating a Cyborg for the 70's Space: 1999 : Radical Changes for the Second Season Battle of the Titans! : Two New Kongs Challenge the King Squirm : Importing Giant Worms for Maximum Slither Star Trek Special Collector's Section Star Trek : Past, Present and Future Star Trek in Color The Conventions : by Isaac Asimov William Shatner : Shakespeare to the Stars Leonard Nimoy...
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Starlog Magazine Issue 002 From the Bridge Log Entries : Movies, Television, News Star Trek Gene Roddenberry: Two Men in One The Star Trek Movie Famous Trekkies Communications Logan's Run : Exploring Logan's 23rd Century World The New Television Season : Wonder Woman, Gemini Man, Holmes and Yoyo Books: Sci-Fi Library Convention Calendar The War of the Worlds : The Stories H. G. Wells Wrote or Inspired Special Collector's Section: Space:1999 Recovering from the Mysterious Unknown Force Complete...
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Starlog Magazine Issue 003 From the Bridge Log Entries : Movies, Television, News Comics : From Comics to Film and Back Again Communications Books: Sci-Fi Library Movies Made for Television : 40 Sci-Fi Films Special Section: The Star Trek Bi-Centennial-10 Convention Introduction Personal Appearances by William Shatner, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig, and Many More! A History of Star Trek Conventions The Dream Machine : 75 Years of Movie and TV...
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Starlog Magazine Issue 200 Special 200th Edition The 200 Most Important People : In this issue, meet the men & women of SF & fantasy Author of Odysseys : Arthur C. Clarke is the world's greatest living SF writer Dreamer at the Bijou : As always, Joe Dante lives & breathes motion pictures The Real Fantasist : It could be vice versa as far as Terry Gilliam's concerned Genre Gatekeeper : Gale Anne Hurd produces the best in SF motion pictures Master of the Nightmare : Naturally, Tim...
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Starlog Magazine Issue 224 Sirius Business : Christian Duguay introduces a new breed of Screamers The Monkeys' Pal : Is Bruce Willis a madman, messiah or mega-movie star? Robin Williams Speaks! : He's always willing to make fun of his films & fantasies An Alien View : Not quite human, John Lithgow returns to SF Rebel Assault Deux : Creating Star Wars strategies is like plotting video games Rogue Commander : Chronicling Star Wars is X-Wing pilot Michael Stackpole Executive Report: Mars :...
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Starlog Magazine Issue 220 End of the World : Sorry. In many ways, time has simply run out for Earth Strange Days : Kathryn Bigelow plugs in as the millennium unfolds Battlestar Comics : The Galactica fleet cruises back into four-color The Call of Space : War begins as these young pilots fly above & beyond Playing Games : Seriously, video villainy can be quite a deadly matter It's Barbara Babcock : The Emmy-winning actress recalls her SF adventures One Lovely Rogue : Jennifer Hetrick...
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Starlog Magazine Issue 218 Forever Riddler : What's green & red & crazy all over? The answer's Jim Carrey Virtual Virtuoso : Brett Leonard brings a maniac to virtual life in the movies Filmmaking Fantasies : Producing imaginative tales is Kathleen Kennedy's specialty Waterworld Chronicles : Making this watery SF epic was an adventure in itself Gorillas by Winston : Stan Winston creates killer apes & creature comforts Plastic Heroes : It's quite strange to have your very...
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Starlog Magazine Issue 198 Grey Matters : If they only had a brain, what would they do with it? Intergalactic Mom : June Lockhart is no longer Lost in Space "Get Me a Young Ted Raimi!" : He keeps communications open on the seaQuest Artist of Bronze : James Bama paints legends of the West & elsewhere Detective Story : When possession's the thing, Lindsay Frost investigates Deep Space Comics : There's another generation of graphic Star Trek tales The Traveler Returns : This Time...
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Starlog Magazine Issue 228 20th Anniversary Double Issue Loglines : George Lucas offers a welcome Liner Notes : Intro to the celebration Bridge : Invitation to the salute Through the Looking Glass: 1976-1996 : Explore 20 years of SF in the pages of STARLOGs past Witness to the Trek s : Robert Justman helped usher in two generations Among the Whirlwinds : Striving against the terror, Jami Gertz survives a Twister Independence Thinker : When aliens attack Earth, Jeff Goldblum plans the defense...
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Starlog Magazine Issue 206 Among the Invaders : Decades ago, they came, pinky fingers always at the ready The UFO Incident : What exactly happened in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947? Universal Relations : Sometimes, humans & aliens can get along (sort of) Masks of Time : It's a screenwriting summer for genre fan Mark Verhelden Q & A : Omnipotently, John de Lancie answers & asks some questions This Storyteller's Song : Peter Beagle finds a fine & private place for fantasy The Other...
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Starlog Magazine Issue 195 Paperback Artist : That about covers what David Mattingly always wanted to be Demolition Man : Future action pits Sylvester Stallone against Wesley Snipes Robin's Future : He once fought for Sherwood, now Michael Praed rides again Best of the Generation : Readers vote, naming the series' top 25 episodes Guide to the Enterprise : Michael Piller reviews the adventures of seasons past Really, Really True Lies : As Roy Brocksmith recalls, actors are professional liars...
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Starlog Magazine Issue 199 Major Player : Nana Visitor explains what it's like being Bajoran Leaps & Bounds : Still in the game, Sam & Al leap in & out of paperbacks Con Artist D.S.V. : On board seaQuest , John D'Aquino keeps making deals John Barry's Moviola : His life is the score for some incredible motion pictures The TekWar Beat : Now, William Shatner unveils new TV movie detective cases Jedi Academy Lessons : Chronicling new Star Wars is Kevin Anderson's mission That Very...
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